*** Phil Wilson is back! ***

As main songwriter and singer of mid-80s English pop legends the June
Brides, Phil Wilson’s influence looms large over nearly all UK guitar pop
since. A bridge between early 80s groups like Josef K and the later Creation
scene, Phil and the June Brides kept the flame burning for earnest, tuneful
pop that combined fiercely-strummed, jangly guitars with smart, literate
lyrics and punk-informed energy. Though their career was a brief three
years, their achievements are notable: all four of their singles and their
sole LP topped the UK indie charts, they recorded several BBC sessions,
including one for John Peel, and they toured with such heavyweights as The
Smiths, Go-Betweens and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Following the dissolution of the June Brides, Phil released a handful of
solo singles on Creation and Caff, then, soured on the music business, he
retired. His legend has only grown though, with bands as diverse as the
Manic Street Preachers, Belle and Sebastian, The Aislers Set and Franz
Ferdinand citing Phil and the Brides as important influences. In 2008, we
released Phil’s “Industrial Strength” EP, which featured inspired
re-workings of songs by Throbbing Gristle, Kraftwerk, Faust and contemporary
German band S/T.

Now Phil has assembled a full band is presenting his first new songs since
his mid-90s solo singles. “I Own It” is the first release from this next
stage of Phil’s musical journey, and will be featured on his forthcoming
album “God Bless Jim Kennedy.” Combining electric and acoustic guitars to
create a light, folky atmosphere, “I Own It” is a brilliantly catchy tune
that showcases Phil’s finely-honed his pop sense. The b-side, “What Time Can
Do,” is exclusive to this single.

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